Vitamin D — the Sunshine Vitamin!

Vitamin D — the Sunshine Vitamin!

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Vitamin D is essential for one's health and is called the sunshine vitamin!

Especially now with some of our kiddos returning to school and in-classroom settings getting enough Vitamin D is essential. As summer winds down we are going to be outdoors less and we NEED our sun vitamin — the wonderful Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is manufactured in your skin in response to sunlight. It is a fat-soluble vitamin aiding in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and enhancing immune system functionality. Therefore, getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is vital for healthy growth and development of bones and teeth and improved resistance against certain diseases such as heart disease, MS, and even the flu.

Children grow quickly and often go through many growth spurts each year. During times of rapid growth, you want to make sure your child is getting enough Vitamin D since rickets, a bone softening health issue is directly linked. It is not as common as many years ago but still reported in the United States, mostly in children during their first two years of life. Research also shows that Vitamin D may help with anxiety, stress, and depression — all things we need to be hyper-aware of in our kids these days.  

“The ‘sunshine vitamin’ used to be the one that parents rarely had to worry about kids getting enough of,” says Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA, Senior Nutrition Education Manager at NOW, “but thanks to television, video games, and mobile devices, our children are spending less time outside than ever before. Since much of our body’s production of vitamin D is through skin exposure to the sun’s UV rays, this is a major concern. Vitamin D is necessary for optimal structural development and normal immune system function.” Levin notes that vitamin C, zinc, and probiotics are all vital for healthy immune and digestive function. — Neil E. Levin

While very few foods contain Vitamin D, you can find it in the flesh of fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna. You can also get vitamin D from fish liver oils. Small amounts of Vitamin D are in egg yolks, beef liver, almond milk, fortified cereal, milk, and yogurt.

We know kids can be picky eaters, so they may not always be getting enough foods rich in Vitamin D. When kids are deficient in Vitamin D they may display signs of aches and pains, fatigue, severe bone and muscle pain, stress fractures, and a general sense of not feeling well. Adding in Vitamin D to your kiddos diet is always a good idea, especially during cold and flu season.

It's important to get outdoors in nature because spending too much time indoors will prevent you from being exposed to a healthy amount of sunlight. Also, having darker skin can increase your ability not to absorb Vitamin D since melanin lowers one's ability to make Vitamin D from sunlight exposure. So the higher melanin levels, the less vitamin D the skin can absorb. Using sunscreen all the time can be problematic for producing Vitamin D naturally from the sun. While we need sunscreen to protect us from UV radiation, it also can lead to a Vitamin D deficiency. Many health experts recommend getting 30-minutes outdoors before the high-sun timeframe so you can produce enough Vitamin D. We know that is not always possible, so we need to add Vitamin D into our diets.

This is why I always recommend KidsLuv beverages since they contain essential vitamins including Vitamin D without compromising flavor and KidsLuv drinks have ZERO sugar! Yep, really! KidsLuv drinks are a great way to provide daily essential vitamins and minerals in such a healthy manner. Becoming your best health advocate and making healthy decisions for your family is essential. 

Remember, your health is worth it because you are worth it.  

Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, and passionate to empower others to become their health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast, Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.

Research:
Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in school children
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 91, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 1255–1260, https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.2009.29094